Haarlem Stadsschouwburg


The city theatre is the place to go in Haarlem for theatre shows and concerts. The Stadsschouwburg underwent a thorough renovation in 2008, ninety years after it was first completed. The interior complies with the most modern requirements although the original elements were preserved. The theatre has many interesting features, including a monumental stage tower, a theatre hall that takes on red and hold hues, and large foyer windows with a view of the square.

Anonymous donation

Haarlem had several smaller theatres until the start of the 20th century. Since the audience’s safety could not be guaranteed they were closed down on the fire department’s orders. A new theatre was needed and unexpected aid was offered in 1914. The city received an anonymous donation of 250,000 Dutch guilders (about 115,000 euro) to build a theatre. The Haarlem Stadsschouwburg was inaugurated four years later.


The city theatre is the place to go to for dance, musicals, theatre, cabaret and music. You will not have to walk far to find it because it is right in the city centre, a 15-minute walk from the railway station. There are plenty of restaurants near the theatre where you can have dinner and a drink before the show.

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